The futuristic architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences contrasts with far older buildings and traditions. This beautiful port city in the south-east of Spain masterfully combines the avant-garde and traditions. And it also has the best paellas in the country!

Where the River Turia meets the Mediterranean

The Plaza de la Virgen is the central hub of the city. It is surrounded by three of the most beautiful buildings in Valencia: Santa María Cathedral, the Palace of the Generalitat and the Basilica of the Virgen de los Desamparados. Another building you must not miss in Valencia is the Church of San Nicolás de Bari, which many people call the Valencian Sistine Chapel. The Central Market is a great example of Valencian modernism, spectacularly combining metal and glass, and a great place to buy “horchata” and “fartons”, the traditional Valencian drink and sweets. Just a few metres from the market is the Lonja de la Seda, declared a World Heritage Site. The enormous Plaza del Ayuntamiento is the place where all the fireworks of the Mascletá are let off during Las Fallas, one of the most popular festivals in Spain.

The currency used is the euro. You can pay by card in most places and change foreign currency in banks.
The official languages are Spanish and the local language, Valencian. People who attend the public are normally fluent in English.
The city has more than a hundred free public Wi-Fi hotspots.
The climate is Mediterranean. The temperature throughout the year ranges from 6⁰C to 30⁰C. Summers are warm and sunny.

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